Whatsapp now temporarily banned in Brazil

WhatsApp was temporarily suspended in Brazil after a judge said the company had failed to hand over information requested in a criminal investigation. WhatsApp stated they did not have access to the details requested.

A Whatsapp spokesperson had said: "As we've said in the past we cannot share information we don't have access to. "Indiscriminate steps like these threaten people's ability to communicate, to run their businesses, and to live their lives."

People have said it was the latest confrontation in a battle between such public forum firms and judicial systems over how to collaborate in criminal investigations without infringing upon individual freedoms.